Day Seventythree

Chilkoot Trail-Lindeman City to Skagway, AK
August 6th, 2009

High Point of the Day....
Low Point of the Day......
Bottomless stew at the train station in Bennett
We could have hiked with those packs forever
Miles Traveled Today
Total Miles Traveled
The Bus Playlist
7.5 on foot, 40ish on a train
Sunny and cloudy
Price of Gas 
(average per gallon)
Night's Lodging
Where this Page was Uploaded
Spawning salmon
Pullen RV Park and Campground, Skagway
Anchorage, AK

Daily Didactic
The morning started moderately late in Lindeman City, the day's goal being about seven and a half miles down the trail to lake Bennett for our last night. We hit the road about 8:00 and managed to make it to Lake Bennett a little before noon. In the past the train has left earlier in the day, so we have spent our fifth night in the Lake Bennett campground. This year, however, the train doesn't leave until 2:30. Todd did some quick negotiating and managed to get us on this afternoon's train. We cashed in our "lunch on the day out" tickets for the most anticipated meal we have had all summer. The "back room" hiker's lunch of bottomless stew, endless bread, and apple pie was absolutely everything we had imagined.

We climbed on board the train a little before two and settled in for the White Pass/Yukon Railroad run down to Skagway. The roughly forty mile trip is a a big draw for tourists, train buffs, and us. The train is a narrow gauge railroad that winds down a steep valley, with significant chunks of the ride hanging on the side of the cliffs. The scenery and experience is spectacular.

We got back to Skagway a day early, Todd secured us an extra night at Pullen's, we cleaned up, and then beat a path for pizza and nachos at Red Onion. After another glorious meal we wandered the dock and marveled at the size of cruise ships for a bit, before calling it a long and very satisfying day.

Daily Pictures (Slide Show)

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A lovely morning in Lindeman City More sad horses
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Two smiles out of three. Sometimes Brian gets that look... Pretty privy
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The 'Brian is not in trouble' face Funky bridge with stone cribs on the way out of camp
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Brian, demonstrating sitting. It didn't catch on The first two miles were a lot of rocky uphills
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Brian, demonstrating leaning The largest trailside artifact on the trail
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Todd tries to catch a ride out of the dunes just short of Bennett Artsy trail marker
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Lake Bennett and the end of the trail Majestic
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The church at Bennett Resting places
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Our four prospectors Theresa looks down at the train station
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The front is where normal train customers have lunch, Chilkoot hikers use the side door Our ride down White Pass
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Great train art The trail up White Pass. We are okay for now
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The steel bridge on the way down The ladies peer over the edge
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There was clearly a right and wrong side... Unloading gear at the Shops
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We've been thinking about this for five days Pizza, nachos, beverages and great company
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Three cruise ships dominating the harbor Soapy Smith's skull on the rocks above the harbor

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